Trempealeau County deer farm tests positive for CWD

Effort underway to test hunted Iowa deer for disease

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Two deer at a Trempealeau County hunting ranch have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The results were confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

The positive samples came from two 3 ½-year-old whitetail bucks. Due to the result, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has quarantined all 505 animals on the 1,597-acre ranch, meaning no live animals or whole carcasses are permitted to leave the property. The herd will remain under quarantine while an epidemiological investigation is conducted by DATCP and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarians and staff.

CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal’s brain. Typically testing for CWD is only performed after the animal’s death. DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement and permit requirements.

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